The Week in Electronics Retail Crime
After-Hours Target Theft Suspected
Police suspect the recent thefts at a Target store in Southwest Florida were carried out by a customer who hid in the store until after hours. According to the Sun Sentinel newspaper, a glass case was shattered and the iPods and other items taken from it after midnight. The suspected thief left through a fire exit with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
Best Buy Thieves Also Stole Police Car
Two men and one women who attempted to break into a Best Buy in Cherry Hill, N.J., also stole a police cruiser, and all three suspects have been arrested. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, after police arrived at the store as the suspects were loading items into a van, a chase ensued in which one thief ran into the woods. After police gave chase, the suspect jumped into the police car and fled. After they were arrested, the three were hit with a wide array of charges, including burglary, theft, aggravated assault on police, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property, possession of an instrument capable of receiving police transmissions during commission of a crime, and transmitting over a secure emergency radio channel without a license.
Semi Full of Electronics Stolen in Albuquerque
Thieves in the Albuquerque area this month stole a semi truck containing $70,000 worth of Toshiba flat screen TVs. According to the News Bulletin, the truck was stolen from a hub station, a sort of rest area for trucks, and contained more than 70 TVs. The truck was later found, abandoned, with $70,000 worth of cargo missing; police believe the theft was an "inside job," and that the thieves had planned on returning for more.